New Delhi: Prime Minister of the Republic of India Shri Narendra Modi and President of the Republic of Uzbekistan H.E. Mr. Shavkat Mirziyoyev co-chaired a Virtual Summit between India and Uzbekistan on 11 December, 2020.
Prime Minister Modi and President Mirziyoyev held an in-depth exchange of views on bilateral relations, the COVID-19 pandemic and regional and global issues of mutual interest. Both leaders expressed their continued commitment to take India-Uzbekistan strategic partnership to a new and higher level.
Recalling the visits of President of Uzbekistan to India in September 2018 and January 2019, Prime Minister of India expressed appreciation to the fact that agreements reached during these visits have further strengthened cooperation between India and Uzbekistan in diverse sectors such as political, trade and investment, defence, security, counter-terrorism, science and technology, nuclear energy, space, Information Technology and have promoted cultural and academic linkages.
The leaders took special note of regular high level exchanges between India and Uzbekistan including the visits of Chief Minister of Gujarat and Defence Minister of India to Uzbekistan in 2019 and those of Interior Minister and the Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan to India in 2019 and 2020 respectively. They expressed satisfaction on the holding of the first meeting of the National Coordination Committee at the Ministerial level in August 2020 for monitoring implementation of various bilateral projects and agreements for timely and effective outcomes.
Taking stock of the considerable success achieved in their respective countries in containing the COVID-19 pandemic, both leaders emphasized on the need for bilateral and global cooperation to continue the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic including development and distribution of effective vaccines and other medicines. President of Uzbekistan thanked India for the assistance rendered to Uzbekistan in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Prime Minister Modi reaffirmed India’s continued commitment to support Uzbekistan in this regard.
The leaders thanked each other for the productive discussions held during the Virtual Summit. They expressed confidence that the understandings and agreements reached during the Summit will further deepen the strategic partnership between the two countries for the well-being of their peoples and mutual prosperity.
His Excellency Mr. Shavkat Mirziyoyev, President of Uzbekistan reiterated the invitation to Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi to visit Uzbekistan at a convenient time.